Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES)

University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is pleased to announce its partnership with the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES). Through this partnership, eligible FAES students may transfer credits toward a Technology Transfer specialization in one of four UMUC graduate degree programs:

  • Master of Science in Management
  • Master of Science in Information Technology
  • Master of Science in Biotechnology


FAES students who have successfully completed the FAES Certificate in Technology Transfer program are eligible. A grade of B or better must be earned in each course taken for the certificate.

FAES Credit

UMUC will accept a block of 15 credits from each FAES student who successfully completes the Certificate in Technology Transfer program and is admitted to one of the MS programs. In order for a FAES student to be granted transfer credits, the student must meet UMUC's criteria for transfer as set forth in the applicable catalog at the time the student requests acceptance of the transferred credits.

Program Requirements

FAES students need to complete five core courses and two additional specialization courses for one of the four degree programs. The specific courses are listed below. Students must also complete USCP 615 Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC within the first six credits of UMUC course work. This is a required course for all graduate students.

Core Courses (15 Credits) Must be taken at UMUC

MS in Management

  • MGMT 610 Organizational Theory (3)
  • MGMT 615 Intercultural Communication & Leadership (3)
  • MGMT 640 Financial Decision Making for Managers (3)
  • MGMT 650 Statistics for Managerial Decision Making (3)
  • MGMT 670 Strategic Management Capstone (3)

MS in Information Technology

  • ITEC 610 Information Technology Foundations (3)
  • ITEC 620 Information Technology Infrastructure (3)
  • ITEC 630 Information Systems Analysis, Modeling, and Design (3)
  • ITEC 640 Information Technology Project Management (3)
  • TMAN 625 Economics and Financial Analysis for Technology Managers (3)

MS in Biotechnology

  • BIOT 630 Introduction to Bioinformatics (3)
  • BIOT 640 Societal Issues in Biotechnology (3)
  • BIOT 645 Bioprocessing and the Business Biotechnology (3)
  • BIOT 643 Techniques of Biotechnology (3)
  • PMAN 634 Foundations of Project Management (3)

Specialization Courses (6 Credits) Must be taken at UMUC

MS in Management or Information Technology

  • PMAN 634 Foundations of Project Management (3)
  • PMAN 650 Financial and Strategic Management of Projects (3)

MS in Biotechnology

  • BTMN 632 Commercializing Biotechnology in Early-Stage Ventures (3)
  • BTMN 634 Selection and Evaluation of Biotechnology Projects (3)

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Dual Degree Program

In accordance with UMUC applicable policies, procedures and requirements, FAES students have the option of pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree after completing the requirements for the MSM. FAES students wishing to pursue this option should confer with a UMUC academic advisor at the earliest opportunity since the 7-year rule also includes these courses. Students may earn the MBA by completing the following additional coursework:

  • DMBA 610 Ethical Leadership in Organizations and Society (6)
  • DMBA 620 Effective Financial and Operational Decision Making (6)
  • DMBA 630 Marketing and Strategy Management in the Global Marketplace (6)

Administrative Information

  • FAES students must apply to their desired degree program and meet the standard UMUC admission requirements.
  • Students must have completed the Technology Transfer certificate before beginning work on the UMUC degree.
  • Upon completion of the Technology Transfer certificate at FAES, students must fill out and submit the Transfer Credit Evaluation Request Form and an official FAES transcript reflecting successful completion of the Technology Transfer certificate. A grade of B or better must be earned in each course taken for the certificate.
  • Since 15 credits exceed the normal credit transfer limits accepted by UMUC, FAES students will not be permitted to transfer in credits from other graduate schools.
  • UMUC will not accept the transfer of partial credit, i.e. less than 15 credits for this program.
  • All requirements established for the completion of the degree program must be fulfilled within seven consecutive years, beginning at the date the first course is completed at either UMUC or FAES.
  • FAES students are responsible for payment of all applicable tuition and fees.



Academic Information for the MS in Management
Donald Gakenheimer
Academic Information for the MS in Biotechnology Management and Information Technology.
Terrence Cooper

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